Assisted and supported living – providers beware!
In the February 2005 edition of Caring Times I wrote an article entitled Supported Living – the legal and regulatory issues. The article highlighted a number of issues including the uncertainty as to whether an establishment ostensibly providing sheltered or assisted living might in fact legally be a care home, and therefore require registration under the Care Standards Act 2000. My article highlighted the “Alternative Futures” case which I stated was proceeding to the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal published its decision on 24 May, 2005 and this has important consequences for all existing and potential providers of supported or assisted living. It may even have an impact on cases where the NCSC and CSCI have long since consented to care homes voluntarily cancelling their registration and instead becoming supported living establishments with care being provided by a domiciliary care agency. By way of brief reminder, in the Alternative Futures case, Alternative Futures Ltd (“Futures”) ran a number of car